INCA TRAIL TO MACHU PICCHU 4 DAYS / 3 NIGHT
The Inca Trail to Machupicchu is rated amongst the ten best trekking trails in the world because of the exquisite beauty of it's natural surroundings. These includes different ecological areas from the high Andean plains, to the cloud forest with an impressive variety of altitudes, climates and ecosystems. You will cross two high altitude passes (The highest is known as Warmi wañuska or Death Woman pass at 4200m.a.s.l.). Following this ancient Inka Trail to Machupicchu you will be walking past mysterious archaeological sites, half covered by jungle overgrowth, that looks like you are discovering them for the first time, you will visit these ancient settlements built in granite rock by the inkas all through the Inca Trail to MachuPicchu and finally going through the Intu PunKu (Gates of the Sun) where a magnificent view of the "Lost city of the Incas" Machupicchu, will be printed in your mind for ever. DAY 1: CHILCA / LLACTAPATA We will start the trek escorted by native "quechua¨ porters going through semi-arid terrain along the Urubamba River valley, with magnificent views of the snow capped mountain, Veronica (20,200 f.a.s.l.). An easy introductory day of no more than a 4 hours walk. Arriving at campsite within view of Llactapata, an ancient Inca citadel that protected the entry for two valleys, one of them leading to the inka trail to MachuPicchu. You will enjoy this less visited camp away from the crowds. (L+D). DAY 2 : LLACTAPATA / LLULLUCHA After a healthy breakfast, we'll walk past the Inca Hamlet of Huayabamba, where most of the other trekkers will camp. In the afternoon you will be going through a unique Andean cloud forest, afterwards arriving at our camp, at Llulluchapampa at an altitude of 3,600 m.a.s.l. (B+L+D). DAY 3 : LLULLUCHA / PHUYUPATAMARCA Today, the first part of the trek takes us to the Warmiwañuska Pass at 4,200 m.a.s.l. Walking on a remarkably well preserved Inca trail, we'll pass ancient archaeological sites half covered by dense jungle overgrown vegetation. A most rewarding day, with dream like landscapes of the Inca Trail to Machupichu, orchids, ferns multi colored birds and humming birds provide the ideal backstage. We'll set our camp at Phuyupatamarca (¨City Above the Clouds¨), a set of ancient ritual baths, where ancient travelers on the Inca trail to MachuPicchu will stop to bath and purify themselves before arriving to the sacred sanctuary .You can do the same and transport yourself to the past. In the camp you will enjoy spectacular views of snow- covered Andean ranges, such as the Salkantay 6,200 m.a.s.l. and Veronica 6100 m.a.s.l. (B+L+D). DAY 4 : PHUYUPATAMARCA / MACHU PICCHU After about three and a half-hours walking, you'll arrive to the Inti Punku, (Sun Gate), where a magnificent view will be printed in you mind; the Sanctuary oºf Machupicchu, the ¨Lost City of the Incas¨. Late afternoon train back to Cusco. (B+L). INCLUDED: Private transportation to the head of the trail Water proof igloo tents and mattress for the 3 nights. Dining tent with tables and stools Kitchen tent and toilet tent Professional English speaking guide Cook and porters Transfer from the train station to your hotel in Cusco NOT INCLUDED: First day breakfast Last day lunch Sleeping bag Personal equipment and clothing